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40 years of PLAYMOBIL

A journey of adventure through time

Oct. 15, 2016 until Aug. 27, 2017

From 15 October next you can see a travelling exhibition about PLAYMOBIL. The exhibition was developed in 2013 by the “Historischen Museum der Pfalz” in Speyer (Germany). In eleven months’ time, more than 200,000 people visited “40 Jahre Playmobil – Eine Abenteuerreise durch die Zeit”.

The oil crisis in the seventies gives Hans Beck, product developer at the toy factory Geobra in Fürth, Germany, pause for thought. To spare resources he makes toy characters out of a minimum quantity of plastic. His first figures are a building worker, an Indian and a knight. Not everyone in the industry is convinced, but on the final day of the toy fair in Nuremberg in 1974 a Dutch wholesaler places an order for one million Deutschmarks. Sales grow within only a few years to more than a hundred million Marks.

PLAYMOBIL keeps growing over four decades; the figures are adapted to suit the fashion and spirit of the times. The first female dolls appear in 1976, the child in 1981 and the baby in 1984. The history of these popular toys will be presented in a décor rich in fantasy, which takes young and old back in time through the changing play worlds of PLAYMOBIL. Children will be astounded by the about fifty life-sized PLAYMOBIL figures. Huge dioramas of PLAYMOBIL collectors reveal intriguing miniature worlds. Numerous play tables encourage unlimited fun.

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